Just before school ended earlier this month, our children’s librarians were out “school visiting” to promote summer reading. In addition to information about joining our Summer Reading Program, children in our local elementary schools hear their neighborhood libraries do a show-and-tell style of talking about great books. You can find various neighborhood and school book suggestion lists in our catalog, which becomes a gold mine of fabulous titles to check out. Just choose “List” in the drop down menu in the search box, then type in “SPL Summer Reading 2013″ (here’s a direct link to all the SPL Summer Reading 2013 lists). Lists from many children’s librarians representing various branches will pop up for your children’s browsing and borrowing pleasure.
Children’s Librarians know that to entice a large group of kids to read for sport, you have to talk about titles that amaze, appeal, and astound. Luckily, publishers are currently putting out some non-fiction with jaw-dropping illustrations and photos that keep kids interested. Some great non-fiction titles that appeared on several lists include: Little Book of Sloth, Friends, Perfectly Hidden and Myths Busted! The unbelievable but true stories of science are a surefire hit: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes, Young Scientists Guide to Faulty Freaks of Nature, Deadly!, and The Mighty Mars Rovers. Kids like to be scared and we always include some scary stories for their shivering pleasure: Haunted USA, Zombie Makers, and Horrible Hauntings. Our large collection of comic books is promoted by sharing such titles as: The City of Ember The Graphic Novel, and To Dance. Humor is never amiss and kids are always up for tickling their funny bones with joke books and humorous stories such as: Robomop, Peter Spit a Seed at Sue, Monkeyfarts, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and Brief Thief. Finally, chapter books for whiling the hours away during the hot summer months are intriguing to kids, especially if the librarian gives them just enough to entice their fancy. Here are some of the fiction titles that the librarians recommended: 33 Minutes, Half Brother, Mirage, The Vine Basket, Bramble and Maggie, and Earwig and the Witch.
“Read, read, read,” we tell the children during our school visits. “Summer setback” is a real danger for kids. Research shows that students who read four or five books over the summer score better on fall reading tests. The library’s programs and resources are there to help make reading fun for kids and to keep them smart.